Volunteers at Norfolk’s RAF Sculthorpe Heritage Centre have completed a Boeing B-29 Superfortress display
In July 1949, B-29 44-62191 from the USAF’s 344th BS, 92nd BG, was returning to Sculthorpe when its number three engine caught fire. The crew of 12 successfully baled out – the doomed aircraft came down near Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. After 74 years, wreckage from 44-62181 has been returned to Sculthorpe.
The attraction has obtained the artefacts from the now defunct Fenland Aviation Museum which excavated the wreckage in the early 1990s. The Heritage Centre's Ian Brown said: “We are extremely pleased to bring home what we believe is the most substantial B-29 wreckage on display in the UK. We can now share to a wider audience the story of this rare aircraft and remember the crews in our fantastic new display.”
The acquisition comes at an important time for the centre – it’s renovating its new home, a former chapel. “This building has been gifted to us by a local business owner,” added Ian. “We are extremely grateful.” www.rafsculthorpeheritagecentre.org